AAM Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Financial Results
AAM Announces $700 million Backlog With a Significant Increase in Electrification Mix
Published on February 11, 2022
DETROIT, February 11, 2022 -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc. (AAM), (NYSE: AXL) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2021. AAM also provided its full year 2022 financial outlook and 2022-2024 new business backlog.
Fourth Quarter 2021 Results
- Sales of $1.24 billion
- Net loss attributable to AAM of $(46.3) million, or (3.7)% of sales, which includes the impact of a non-cash pre-tax pension settlement charge of $42.3 million
- Adjusted EBITDA of $164.6 million, or 13.3% of sales
- Diluted loss per share of $(0.41); Adjusted loss per share of $(0.09)
- Net cash provided by operating activities of $102.4 million; Adjusted free cash flow of $43.6 million
Full Year 2021 Results
- Sales of $5.16 billion
- Net income attributable to AAM of $5.9 million, or 0.1% of sales
- Adjusted EBITDA of $833.3 million, or 16.2% of sales
- Diluted earnings per share of $0.05; Adjusted earnings per share of $0.93
- Net cash provided by operating activities of $538.4 million; Adjusted free cash flow of $422.9 million
"AAM delivered strong operational performance in 2021 while generating a company record adjusted free cash flow,” said AAM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David C. Dauch. “These results demonstrate our focus on efficiency and optimization despite ongoing production volatility. In the pivot to electrification, AAM continues to bring the future faster with industry-leading electric drive technology and future electrification business awards that comprise approximately one-third of our new business backlog."
AAM's sales in the fourth quarter of 2021 were $1.24 billion as compared to $1.44 billion in the fourth quarter of 2020. AAM estimates sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 were unfavorably impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage that is impacting the automotive industry by approximately $137 million.
AAM's sales for full year 2021 were $5.16 billion as compared to $4.71 billion for full year 2020. AAM estimates sales for the full year 2021 were unfavorably impacted by the semiconductor shortage by approximately $607 million.
AAM's net loss in the fourth quarter of 2021 was $(46.3) million, or $(0.41) per share, as compared to a net income of $36.0 million, or $0.30 per share in the fourth quarter of 2020. AAM's net income for full year 2021 was $5.9 million, or $0.05 per share, as compared to a net loss of $(561.3) million, or $(4.96) per share, for full year 2020.
AAM defines Adjusted earnings (loss) per share to be diluted earnings per share excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, loss on sale of business, impairment charges, pension settlements, certain accelerated depreciation, unrealized gains or losses on equity securities and non-recurring items, including the tax effect thereon. Adjusted loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2021 was $(0.09) compared to Adjusted earnings per share of $0.51 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Adjusted earnings per share for full year 2021 were $0.93 compared to a loss of $0.14 for full year 2020.
AAM defines EBITDA to be earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding the impact of restructuring and acquisition-related costs, debt refinancing and redemption costs, loss on sale of business, impairment charges, pension settlements, unrealized gains or losses on equity securities and non-recurring items. In the fourth quarter of 2021, Adjusted EBITDA was $164.6 million, or 13.3% of sales, as compared to $261.5 million, or 18.2% of sales, in the fourth quarter of 2020. AAM estimates Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2021 was unfavorably impacted by lower sales as a result of the semiconductor shortage by approximately $39 million.
For full year 2021, AAM's Adjusted EBITDA was $833.3 million, or 16.2% of sales, as compared to $719.8 million, or 15.3% of sales, in 2020. AAM estimates Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2021 was unfavorably impacted by lower sales as a result of the semiconductor chip shortage by approximately $188 million.
AAM's net cash provided by operating activities for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $102.4 million as compared to $208.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. AAM's net cash provided by operating activities for full year 2021 was $538.4 million as compared to $454.7 million for full year 2020.
AAM defines free cash flow to be net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures net of proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment. Adjusted free cash flow is defined as free cash flow excluding the impact of cash payments for restructuring and acquisition-related costs, and cash payments related to the Malvern fire, including payments for capital expenditures, net of recoveries. AAM's adjusted free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2021 was $43.6 million as compared to $172.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2020. AAM's Adjusted free cash flow for full year 2021 was $422.9 million as compared to $311.4 million for full year 2020.
AAM's 2022 Financial Outlook
AAM's full year 2022 financial targets are as follows:
- AAM is targeting sales in the range of $5.6 - $5.9 billion, which includes an additional $150 - $200 million increase in index-related metal market customer pass-throughs and foreign currency versus 2021
- AAM is targeting Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $800 - $875 million
- ◦Reflects the impact of increased R&D spending to support new programs and electrification growth opportunities
- AAM is targeting Adjusted free cash flow in the range of $300 - $375 million; this target assumes capital spending of approximately 3.5% - 4.0% of sales
These targets are based on the following assumptions for 2022:
- North American light vehicle production of approximately 14.8 - 15.2million units
- Current customer production and launch schedules and operating environment
AAM's 2022-2024 New Business Backlog
AAM’s gross new and incremental business backlog launching from 2022 - 2024 is estimated at approximately $700 million in future annual sales. AAM expects the launch cadence of the three-year backlog to be approximately $175 million in 2022, $325 million in 2023 and $200 million in 2024. Electrification mix approximates 35% of AAM's new business backlog versus 15% in the prior backlog (2021-2023).
Fourth Quarter 2021 Conference Call Information
A conference call to review AAM's fourth quarter results is scheduled today at 10:00 a.m. ET. Interested participants may listen to the live conference call by logging onto AAM's investor web site at http://investor.aam.com or calling (877) 883-0383 from the United States or (412) 902-6506 from outside the United States with access code 6602864. A replay will be available one hour after the call is complete until February 18, 2022 by dialing (877) 344-7529 from the United States or (412) 317-0088 from outside the United States. When prompted, callers should enter replay access code 7323464.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
In addition to the results reported in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) included within this press release, AAM has provided certain information, which includes non-GAAP financial measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted earnings per share and Adjusted free cash flow. Such information is reconciled to its closest GAAP measure in accordance with Securities and Exchange Commission rules and is included in the attached supplemental data.
Certain of the forward-looking financial measures included in this earnings release are provided on a non-GAAP basis. A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking financial measures to the most directly comparable forward-looking financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP has been provided. The amounts in these reconciliations are based on our current estimates and actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking estimates for many reasons, including potential event driven transactional and other non-core operating items and their related effects in any future period, the magnitude of which may be significant.
Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to management, investors, and banking institutions in their analysis of the Company's business and operating performance. Management also uses this information for operational planning and decision-making purposes.
Non-GAAP financial measures are not and should not be considered a substitute for any GAAP measure. Additionally, non-GAAP financial measures as presented by AAM may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.
As a leading global Tier 1 Automotive and Mobility Supplier, AAM (NYSE: AXL) designs, engineers and manufactures Driveline and Metal Forming technologies to support electric, hybrid and internal combustion vehicles. Headquartered in Detroit with nearly 80 facilities in 17 countries, AAM is bringing the future faster for a safer and more sustainable future. To learn more, visit aam.com.
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